Art Fever in Turin, with Artissima
Artissima's commitment to contemporary culture, young artists, interdisciplinary works, international networks and strong local roots have transformed it into a key event on the cultural calendar.
UniCredit Group and UniCredit Private Banking are proud to support Artissima for fifth year in a row because of the art fair's potential to spur local economic development and introduce young artists and galleries to an international audience. This year, Artissima and UniCredit Group are teaming up to promote young and unrepresented artists through the "Italian Wave" contest. Out of 1481 applications, seven winners will be selected to exhibit their works during the fair. For a young artist, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Artissima will also have on display the installations Present Future, which presents the works of 17 new international artists, Constellation , which features the monumental works mounted at the entrance of the Fair, and New Entries, which highlights up and coming galleries.
Opportunities for contemplation and reflection abound at Artissima, such as the project Ecole de Stéphanie, curated by Stephanie Moisdon with Pierre Jospeph. Notably, the project involves philosophers, critics, curators, artists as Nicolas Bourriaud, Roberto Cuoghi, Andrea Viliani, David Lamelas.
For the second edition of the Turin Triennial, organized by the Fondazione Torino Musei, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Castello di Rivoli, Daniel Birnbaum draws inspiration from Saturn, the planet of melancholy.
An art critic, curator, rector of the Stadelschule Art Academy and the Portikus in Frankfurt and the director of the upcoming Venice Biennial, Birnbaum is a true luminary of the contemporary art world - just to mention his "Chronology" which is, with full rights, included in the most important texts of contemporary artistic and philosophical criticism - and his exhibition at the Turin Triennial, "50 Moons of Saturn", does not disappoint. Presenting the works of 50 young artists from all over the world, Birnbaum's exhibition also pays homage to two eminent figures with two solo shows: Olafur Eliasson at Castello di Rivoli and Paul Chan at Fondazione Sandretto. Additional events include Matthew Barney at Fondazione Merz, an exploration of the relationship between video and photography at GAM and a simultaneous opening of private art galleries on the night of Saturday 8 November.
UniCredit Group supports events like Artissima and the Turin Triennial because its commitment to art is integral to its corporate culture.
UniCredit Group's goal is to contribute to the creation of a dynamic and progressive Europe through the projects it has designed and supported in close cooperation with its partners in the world of art and culture and from the many communities the Group calls home. It is based on a belief that when communities have a vibrant culture, they will also have sustainable social and economic development.
Art, above all, generates significant positive energy that can connect people, bridge differences and promote dialogue. It offers an extraordinary repertoire for learning, exploring, experimenting and interpreting the present to build the future.
(In the picture: exhibition view of Artissima 14, 2007)
Turin Triennal www.torinotriennale.it
Merz Foundations fondazionemerz.org
Gam of Turinwww.gamtorino.it
Pinacoteca Agnelli www.pinacoteca-agnelli.it
Luci d'Artista www.comune.torino.it/artecultura/luciartista/
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